BREMERTON — Olympic senior Marissa Nemeth qualified for the state tournament for the third time after she won her singles match at the 2A West Central District tournament on Friday.
Nemeth defeated Aileen Nguyen of Renton 6-0, 6-0.
As the No. 1 seed from the Olympic League, Nemeth earned a first-round bye. She arrived early in the morning to get some practice time on the court before the tournament started at 8 a.m. at the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center. Nemeth watched the opening matches and then returned home to rest.
Nemeth will face Summer Olsen of Port Angeles in the semifinals Saturday. The tournament begins at 8 a.m.
North Kitsap’s Karly Rojas beat Amber Frank of Eatonville 6-0, 6-3 to advance into the second semifinal and into state. Rojas will play Ana Rios of Foster. Foster defeated Makinna Skonsby of North Mason 6-1, 6-2.
Nemeth could face Rios in the finals. Rios, a three-time runner up to district champion Danya Wallis of North Kitsap, beat Nemeth at the state tournament last year.
“I know what to do and what not to do,” she said, adding the pressure is more on Rios who is considered a state favorite after placing second last yea.
“I can go out with guns blazing,” Nemeth said. “I have nothing to lose.”
In doubles, North Kitsap’s Grace Hansen and Jamison Jacobsen won their match against Steilacoom’s DelValle and Parr, 6-4, 6-1. The win advanced the Vikings’ duo to the state tournament next week at the University of Washington’s Nordstrom Tennis Center. Sydney Troy and Emry Bohlmann of Olympic also clinched a spot to state with their win over Ouch and Ramsay of River Ridge.